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Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ in a new report said that egregious human rights violations had been committed inside the detention center known as Hamida al-Taher checkpoint in Daraa province, southern Syria, according to testimonies collected recently from survivors and detainees. Hamida al-Taher checkpoint was installed in December 2011 and it is administratively affiliated to the Military Security Branch in Daraa, which follows the Department of the Military Intelligence in Syria (Military Security), it is located in an important strategic location for the Syrian regular forces. The checkpoint was named after...
Preface: Following the outbreak of recent clashes in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus countryside, on 28 April 2017, between Syrian armed opposition factions. Particularly between the Army of Islam/ Jaish al-Islam, on the one hand and Failaq al-Rahman/ al-Rahman Corpse, and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham/HTS on the other hand; the frequency of arbitrary arrests and assaults began to escalate against a number of medical personnel on the factions-operated checkpoints scattered across Eastern Ghouta. In parallel, for the very reasons of the fighting, the movement of the population in general-and medical personnel in particular-is more difficult than ever between cities...
On 13 May 2017 at approximately 12.30pm members of the Asayish, Kurdish security forces known to be affiliated with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), arrested journalist and human rights defender, Barzan Hussein, in Rmelan town in al-Hassakah Governorate in northeast Syria and detained him in an unknown location.   Barzan Hussein is a Kurdish journalist and leading member of the Kurdish Union of Writers. He is also a correspondent for Zagros TV, a Kurdish language television station broadcasting from Erbil, Iraq. In his media work, he is active in defending the cultural and linguistic rights...